Archive for December 2015

The Thing about High Street

In the fall of 1988, Jenny Gomez transferred from McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub in Lincoln City to become the first manager of the High Street Brewery & Cafe in Eugene. When the new brewpub opened for business in November, one of Jenny’s first customers was Wally X. It was a homecoming of sorts. The tall, friendly man had been a regular at the Lighthouse until a new job brought him to Eugene. Coming back to 1243 High Street was also a homecoming in another sense for Wally. In the ‘60s, when the place was still a residence, he had lived upstairs. That’s the thing about High Street, its ties to familiar characters and events are remarkable. When you’re there, the phrase, ‘Man, it is a small world!’ is never far from your lips.

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Fire on Burnside

The year 2005 had been pretty awesome for the Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire.

They’d been featured on the April 4 cover of Time’s Canadian edition. On May 1, they performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and later that month signed a contract with EMI for their album Funeral. The BBC used the track “Wake Up” on an advertisement for upcoming season. On September 9, the band appeared on the British/U.S. TV special “Fashion Rocks,” in which David Bowie joined them for “Wake Up.” They appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and held a concert in Central Park, featuring a surprise appearance by Bowie. On September 11, the band appeared on the long-running BBC series Top of the Pops. Life was pretty damn good.

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All-Star Bud Ericksen

“You’ve got to be a football hero to get along with the beautiful girls,” Bothell’s Bud Ericksen was quoted as saying. He played center for Bothell High all four years he attended, under legendary coach Pop Keeney, for whom the football stadium behind the Anderson School property is named.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Last week, on Tues., November 24, the snow was coming down hard in Bend, OR. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory: “Holiday travelers should be prepared for wintry conditions… warning that snow-covered roads are likely to be slippery… the Oregon Department of Transportation has six snowplows clearing highways in and around Bend.”

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